Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Aleshea Harris

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016, 2019

Aleshea Harris is a playwright, poet, and educator who received an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Harris is a winner of the American Playwriting Foundation’s 2016 Relentless Award in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Her work has been presented at the Costume Shop at American Conservatory Theater, Playfest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, freeFall Theatre Company, VOXfest at Dartmouth, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, La Comédie de Saint-Étienne-National Drama Center in France, the Skirball Center, The Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT, and in the 2015 anthology, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.

At MacDowell in 2016, Harris completed a darkly-comedic circus play about love, loss and transformation entitled Road Kill Giant. She also worked on an original T.V. pilot and a new solo play provisionally entitled, Thaumaturgy.

In 2019, she worked on adapting her play, Is God Is into a feature film. She also worked on a solo play provisionally entitled, Witch Blues.



Aleshea Harris worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the west side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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